Another reason Windows 10 Screensaver doesn’t work {VLOG}

Another reason Windows 10 Screensaver doesn’t work {VLOG}

In today’s VLOG – we add another possible reason why your Windows 10 Screen Saver or monitor “sleep modes” might not be working.

We’ve been having this issue for a while – and couldn’t quite figure out why the screensaver and power modes worked sometimes but didn’t work others.

Doing a standard internet search will bring up some pretty comprehensive troubleshooting steps, that probably will solve many of the problems. However, they didn’t work for us.

So we will share two issues that caused our screensaver or power sleep modes to stop working.

VLC Media Player

One culprit was the VLC Media Player. It’s one of the best out there (although it’s a bit geeky and not as simple to use as others). We actually use them for streaming network video cameras at our home. However, there is a little known feature that is enabled by default.

Go to tools – then preferences – click the bottom left radio button that says “all.”
This shows you the advanced settings. Scroll the list down to the end and click video.
Right here is where you uncheck the “disable screensaver” option.

Video editor – Filmora

The other application which interferes with our Windows 10 screensaver and sleep mode functionality is our video editor – Filmora.

With this application in-use, both our screensaver and power-saving options do not work. There is no way to override other than exiting the application.

We’re not sure if other video editors like Premiere or Davinci Resolve also have these issue or not. It’s really no big deal – but we just have to close the application when we’re done for the night.

Lastly – set up a quick launch screensaver icon

Getting to the screensaver options is a pain in the neck. You usually have to go through several clicks to find it, and there is no way to just add it to a menu.

So here is what you do.

Right-click the desktop – and select shortcut – and give it a name. We were practical and called it “screen saver.”

Put the following command in the target:
C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,,1

That will give you quick access to the screensaver settings.

That’s it for today’s tech tip – hope it helped someone.

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